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From National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin comes a fascinating look at the history and science of the deadly 1918 flu pandemic - and the chances for another worldwide pandemic.
In spring of 1918, World War I was underway, and troops at Fort Riley, Kansas, found themselves felled by influenza. By the summer of 1918, the second wave struck as a highly contagious and lethal epidemic and within weeks exploded into a pandemic, an illness that travels rapidly from one continent to another. It would impact the course of the war, and kill many millions more soldiers than warfare itself.
Of all diseases, the 1918 flu was by far the worst that has ever afflicted humankind; not even the Black Death of the Middle Ages comes close in terms of the number of lives it took. No war, no natural disaster, no famine has claimed so many. In the space of 18 months in 1918-1919, about 500 million people - one-third of the global population at the time - came down with influenza. The exact total of lives lost will never be known, but the best estimate is between 50 and 100 million.
In this powerful book, nonfiction master Albert Marrin examines the history, science, and impact of this great scourge - and the possibility for another worldwide pandemic today.
©2018 Albert Marrin (P)2018 Listening Library
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4 out of 5 stars
By Warren Johnson on 01-31-18

The Spanish Flu for the common man.

This is gripping backstory to our modern fear of the flu.: Well written and well performed. I felt the gritty horror of WW I that was the pallet on which the Devil Virus painted the macabre tableau of mass death by disease. The science behind is laid bare using common words, skipping the medical jargon. The plot portrays your friends and your family stricken by invisible death in your own home town.

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